your Inner Artist Mexico!
Christy Tomlinson & Ben Tomlinson!
Are you ready for a colorful messy Fiesta? I am so excited to be hosting my
2nd She Matters Art Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! This
year I will be bringing my talented husband who will also be
teaching his awesome abstract style as well! We are excited to
share with you not only our individual painting styles, but
share with you the beautiful town of Puerto Vallarta! A week
filled of artsy goodness, fun shopping, gorgeous surroundings
and delicious authentic food!
love connecting with others, I love sharing my
love of art, and love creating long and lasting
friendships that just can't be formed any other way
then through art. I LOVE hosting retreats at my
own house, and try hard not to travel a ton to teach, but when
I visited this beautiful magical place a couple of years ago
with my husband, i couldn't help but NOT fall in love! I knew immediately
I wanted to come back and teach. Our first year was amazing
experience and I can't wait to go again!
This workshop will
be held in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at Hacienda Mosaico owned
by the WONDERFUL Sam (a girl) Leonard who lives there full
time and has a full studio of her own the grounds. This
beautiful private art sanctuary is nestled RIGHT off the
main tourist drive but down 2 blocks of quiet cobble stone
streets. Once inside you feel like you have entered a
tropical oasis beyond your wildest dreams! Tropical Plants,
lush trees, flowers of all kinds surround every walkway,
sitting area, hidden hammocks and more! I was there a full
week and didn't even realized I hadn't walked around the
entire grounds! Everyday I kept finding new places to sit
and read, sketch or take a nap! A TRULY Cozy, beautiful,
inspirational setting! Sam has taken GREAT care to make this
an ART studio. Every detail in her Hacienda is done with the
love of Art. Tables, chairs, lights, fixtures, rugs, EVEN
the pool where all done by local and artist abroad! It truly
is a unique experience to be surrounded by such amazing art
in all it's forms!
The art studio is
just a short 5 mins from the airport... an easy peasy taxi
ride.. and once there you will see it's in a wonderful
beautiful part of Mexico, that is not only fun to explore
but SAFE to explore as well! If you are coming alone,
please know we are here the entire time to help you! and I
don't think you will ever truly be alone! Last time, on our
free day, we all traveled in groups to town, so know that
you will have friends when you arrive!
If you really want
to explore, all the fun gift shops, art galleries, the beach
and many many many more restaurants, and stores off all
kinds are all within walking distance or a short 5 min taxi
ride away. TRULY its just so conveniently located to
I know people worry
about safety when traveling to Mexico, but you have to
remember is that those are parts of Mexico which are
unsafe, are close to the boarder of the US. Puerto
Vallarta is a HUGE tourist town, as well as a port for
Cruise ships (the cruise ships dock in just a 1/2 mile
from the airport). The people who live there DEPEND on
the revenue from the cruise ships visitors and other people
who choose to come vacation in Puerto Vallarta in the many
all inclusive resorts.. so the community makes a HUGE effort
to keep it safe and clean. I was there myself just in
December of this last year and we walked EVERYWHERE. Even at
11:00 a night we went out and found taco places still
open. If you aren't up for walking, like I said our host of
Hacienda Mosocia, Sam.. will call for a taxi asap and you
will be able to drive anywhere you would like to go. The
adorable coffee shop, which serves sandwiches, coffee,
crepes, salads, (more American style food) is literally 30
steps away. Right across the narrow cobble stone street from
the Hacienda. As well as many other food places, convenient
stores and even an art store! So don't worry for getting around during your
stay. There will always be someone who will want to go with
You will arrive
Sunday night into Puerta Vallerta and take a short 5 min Taxi ride
to the Hacienda. Sam will be there to greet you and she will
show you your room, let you unwind and unpack your art
supplies in the open air art studio. Then she will
have light snacks and drinks for us around 6:00
At 7:00 (or around there :))
Ben and I will welcome you to the retreat and talk a
little bit about how the week will go. We will also have our
first art session that night (nothing like getting right to
it!) Don't worry it will be something light hearted and
simple. Just to ease yourself into the workshop for the
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we
will have full art days! Tuesday morning, right after
breakfast, we will head to a local art supply store, where
you can purchase anything you may have found you are missing
Monday. (plus the store is just fun and has fun Mexican
paint in beautiful colors!). Then we will come
back and paint the rest of the day! Last year, after day
one, the students begged us to go, and since it's only open
during the day, we went on the second morning. So we decided
this year to just include it in our schedule!
Wednesday, right after breakfast,
we will be taking an excursion to the beautiful downtown
area, where we will explore a beautiful historic cathedral,
walk the beach, and shop at the fun open air market shops.
(they have art, clothing, jewelry, bags, carvings, statues,
etc). If you wish to stay back and relax, paint, enjoy the
pool, that works too! FRIDAY is your free day! Feel
free to do whatever your heart desires! Hang out in the
studio all day, go back to the beach, shops, visit more historical
sites! It's all up to you!
After class each day, you are
free to grab dinner, head into town, take a soak in the pool, curl up for a
nap with on one of the many cozy sitting areas or you are
free to continue painting! The studio is open 24/7..so if
you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and cant
sleep.. feel free to go to the studio and create! I am sure
I will be there on a few late nights playing myself :). You
can't help not want to just create.. with the beautiful
quiet, relaxing surroundings.
There is also two artwalks during
the week, that you can explore at night. It's SO fun and
there are so many vendors! Lots of us went last year as a
group, and had an amazing time!
|WHAT you can
The cost of the retreat includes
your housing for the entire week it also includes breakfast
and lunch Monday-Friday and breakfast Saturday morning. .
Sunday night will also have some delicious appetizers! .
Dinner is on your own each night, but last year we always
had groups going somewhere and no one was ever by
themselves! There are lots of yummy places to eat within a
block of the Hacienda! You can also order pizza in!
You also have access to the entire art
studio grounds at Hacienda Mexico, including the pool,
sitting areas, hammocks, etc. All day and night long! (so
create to your hearts content)
If you would like any special accommodation..
Sam is ALWAYS on hand to get them for you. She also had a
honor roll wet bar, where you can get yourself snacks or
drinks throughout the week (you keep track of what you
take and pay at the end of the week). There is also a
guest kitchen on site, where you can fix light snacks or a
meal for dinner if you would like to not leave the hacienda
at all. Really you have access to EVERYTHING Sam has. She is
amazing! And she will get everything and anything for you!
Your room will be cleaned each day and fresh towels will be
provided! You won't have anything to worry about!
Keep in mind you
will be sharing a room with another student! BUT Sam has
tastefully and beautifully done up each room to make it
comfortable for each guest it in the room. We will have a
small group of no more than 12 .. and so just count on
becoming VERY close with everyone! I know these will be
relationships you will cherish forever!
Ben and I will
be providing some shared supplies (like stamps, stencils,
some tools, faber castell markers, and some paint, some inks
etc). We will have a detailed list of the things that you
will want to bring for each project including canvases,
paintbrushes, other paints, marking tools, etc We will send
that out after registration.
Also keep in mind.. this is a TOTALLY casual retreat.
You will most likely find me in the same paint clothes
EVERYDAY as we will be creating outside in the open air
studio. There are fans and some ac, however you will find
that wearing light, breathable, flowy clothing is best! last
year, most of the girls went and bough Mexican moo moos and
wore them everyday lol. It was just comfortable and
breezy! .It can get a little cold at night, so also
bring a sweatshirt or light jacket. but this is a tropical
area, so plan accordingly.
What we will be
For this retreat we will be
exploring some new techniques both in abstact art and in
creating faces (you can choose to paint girls or guys, which
ever you prefer!)
I will be teaching two days of the
retreat and ben will be teaching one day!
My first project will
be creating portrait and faces! We will explore how to
create with all sorts of mediums and gain a better
understanding of how to compile a portrait. How to draw
faces, both male and female and how to craete uniqueness to
the faces, to make them your own!
My second project, we will be
creating large abstract beautiful canvases full of whimsy
and color! I love this class because it really lets you let
loose and just have fun! There are NO mistakes when it
comest to these canvases and you will go home addicted and
wanting to make more!
Ben will be teaching his
animalistic Abstract style of canvases. He will teach you
how to use inks and paint in a very unique way, learning how
to use drips and pools of ink to create beautiful works of
art on your canvas! The results are STUNNING and
techniques you will use over and over again in other areas
of your art! !
Just come with a open mind, ready
to relax, learn, create, and get SUPER DUPER messy
with artsy goodness! This will be something you will never
forget and never regret experiencing!
(at right are just a few samples of
things that have been created by both ben and i in the
styles we will be teaching you!)
(Portraits & faces class)
(Christy's abstract Class)
(ben's animalistic abstract class)
So.. if you are ready to take the plunge
and join Ben and I, join us below!
your Inner Artist Mexico
Cost is $1899 per person
Pay half now (949.50
other half due January 5th)
Pay a non refundable $200 deposit now, then pay half of the remaining
October 1st and the other half January 5th) The $200 deposit IS NON refundable
(if you choose to cancel before your second payment). however it does apply to your total.
Because of the nature of the retreat, and the
small number of attendees, cancellations must be done before
November 20th , as to allow us time to contact another person on
the waitlist and give them ample time to buy a decent plane
ticket to the event. You will receive a refund (minus the
$200 deposit), if you cancel before November
20th. After November 20th, there will be
no refund for cancellations. Sorry.
if you have
any questions that you can't find on here.. PLEASE email me!
look forward to
seeing you in 2015
your Inner Artist Mexico!